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Old 06-20-2011, 11:35 PM   #1 
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High ammonia in ALL my tanks?!

I got a liquid test kit today and tested all my bettas tanks..
They were ALL the same level (which was pretty high) and in various stages of water changes..and tank size..
My boy in the 2.5 gallon alone had the same level as the one in the 1 gallon who had gotten a water change the day before..
The sorority tank (where the fish currently have ich and are getting 50% water changes daily) had the same level!
I'm so confused!
I'm about to test my tap water to see if there's high ammonia in it (who knows..it'd explain why my daughter's cloth diapers occasionally give her a rash)
How can I reduce the ammonia?...
The fish seem fine.. active and bright colored..
Bah.. Fish tanks are frustrating..
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:37 PM   #2 
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What is the ammonia number in the tanks

What kind of dechlorinator are you using

Have you tested your source water yet

How are the fish responding to the ammonia level...
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:44 PM   #3 
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I have ammonia in my tap and my bettas seem to be okay. I just use Prime to be on the safe side
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:05 PM   #4 
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I have no idea what the name of the dechlorinator is.. Got it at Petsmart.
I forgot to check the tap today (Will now)
and the ammonia is some crazy amount.. 3.0 possibly?
The fish seem fine. One of them is acting odd today (His color seems to have faded) but the others seem happy, active, bright colored, eating fine..
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:16 PM   #5 
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That can't be right....3ppm or 0.3ppm....at 3ppm the fish should be near death or dead....also, look at your dechlorinator and if it covers ammonia you may be seeing ammonium and not ammonia....the testing products can't tell the difference......

What brand is the liquid reagent ammonia testing product......what is your pH and pH after is gasses out for 24h.....
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:11 PM   #6 
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I just tested the tap water... It's 0..
Tested both the sink and the tub water.
I'm so confused.
The testing kit is API Ammonia NH3/NH4+ test kit..
The dechlorinator is Bettasafe..
I got a BRAND NEW tank today with a nice sand substrate and live plants.. Got a pretty halfmoon.. Yep.. Just tested his water.. It's also high in ammonia.
In a 5.5 gallon not 5 hours after I got the tank..
Something weird HAS to be going on here..
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:11 PM   #7 
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And it's definitely 3ppm.. in ALL the tanks...
Even the BRAND NEW tank!

Excuse the horrible quality photos..
Here are some of the fish, taken today (Ignore the spots and seemingly dirty water in the 10 gallon tank.. Currently battling ich so I had reduced the water level so I can make 50% water changes daily and the spots+"dirtyness" are from tannins, not fish poo.. It seemed to perk up the fish)





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Old 06-21-2011, 07:20 PM   #8 
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Its most likely the dechlorinator and you are seeing ammonium and not ammonia if the fish are fine....what is the pH...this can make a difference in how the ammonia affect the fish too.....

Pour a clean glass of water...test the ammonia....then add the dechlorinator and test the ammonia again and see if it show an ammonia reading or not....if it does.....it the dechlorinator and ammonium the harmless form....
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:27 PM   #9 
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Will test now and get back to you! So if it's ammonium, is it safe for me to stop being so worried?..
Can't test PH.. I keep forgetting to buy strips to test it, but I used a product in the 10 gallon that puts the PH at 6.5, so I'd guess around there.. Not sure..sorry :(
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:34 PM   #10 
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It isn't the dechlorinator.. Came out 0.
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